Top Tips To Help Wildlife During the Bushfire Crisis

 

Want to help our special native animals? Check out these simple tips that you can do today.

 

How to feed birds

  • Buy bird stations from Bunnings, Mitre10 and garden centres. Place them in trees around your garden.
  • Fill the bird stations every day with native bird seed. It’s cheaply available from Woolworths, Coles and other stores.

 

How to feed wildlife

  • If a specific animal comes into your garden, do an internet search to find out the food that it eats.
  • Many animals can eat sweet potato, carrots, leafy vegetables and other locally appropriate food. If you leave food on the fringes of fire zones, keep it away from roads.
  • Find a local group that’s organising food drop-offs for wildlife. Contact your council or look on Facebook for local groups in your area. 
  • Look for trees marked with an orange dot. This could mean it’s a food and water station for wildlife. Make sure these are replenished regularly.

 

How to give water to wildlife

  • For birds, place water on a pedestal, in a bird bath or up in trees. 
  • For water at ground level, use low buckets or shallow food trays in shady areas. Place a rock or wood in them so tiny animals can get in and out. 
  • Use a poultry drinker – many terrestrial animals prefer these to open dishes. 
  • Keep water clean, refilled, and in the shade – avoid metal bowls that get hot in the sun.
  • In burnt out areas or bushland, build a wildlife water station using basic plumbing supplies.

 

Look out for wildlife

  • In NSW if you come across injured wildlife, contact WIRES (1300 094 737). You can also download the IFAW Wildlife Rescue App. Local vets may also help.
  • To donate time or money to an animal rescue organisation near you, type your postcode into the home page of DoSomethingNearYou and select ‘Animal Welfare’.
  • When driving in burnt-out areas, watch out for wildlife. Animals are being run over foraging for food. 
  • If you have domestic cats and dogs, keep them indoors and away from animals fleeing bushfires, especially at night.
  • Use climbable fencing or attach poles on either side of your fences to help animals travelling through your yard.
  • Install a thick rope in your swimming pool to prevent drowning in case native animals fall in.
  • Join your local bushcare or landcare group. Planting trees and shrubs will help to create new habitat for wildlife after the fires.  

 

 

Jon Dee
Co-founder and Managing Director of DoSomethingNearYou
10 January, 2020

 

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